Sorry for the kind of late...okay really late update, but my family is vacationing in Florida for Thanksgiving so we were traveling, now I am at the resort and have wi-fi! Yay! :D
I will try to update everyday, but I don't know if I'll be able to so just be patient.
Anyway, here's the newest chapter for all my fans :) and I'm sorry again for the late update!
Song for today is "The Call" by Regina Spektor. :)
Chapter Six: We have to stick together.
It's been about a week since I returned from the capitol, and I have never been more happy.
Annie and I are back to how we were before, and I try to spend everyday with her. School is an unfortunate obstacle, but I walk her there every morning, and I wait to pick her up and walk her home at the end of the day.
Each day I spend with her is worth every second in the capitol. Just being able to spend time with her is a relief, knowing that the moments we share are ours, and no one can take that from us.
It's getting into the late afternoon, and I'm waiting outside the school to pick up Annie and walk her home. Well, tonight I have something special planned, and we won't be going directly home. But that's a secret I'm planning to tell her later.
The weather is getting a little colder, but it never really gets cold in district four. The cooler weather reminds me that in just a few months I'm going to have to go back to the capitol.
Johanna's victory tour is in less than four months, and even though I'm not a district seven mentor, the president will want me in the capitol during the tour. Victors being especially popular in the capitol around the victory tour and everything. At least I have four months to be at home before I have to leave again, I don't know how long I'll be gone, probably the entire victory tour, which can last for over a month.
I sigh, and shift my position leaning up against the school fence.
"Come on Annie."
I mutter under my breath. School seems like it's lasting longer than usual, I wonder if they had something extra to do today.
I let out a long sigh, and drop my head back onto the fence. With my head tilted back, I can see the dark clouds forming over the ocean. It's going to storm soon, If Annie doesn't get out of school soon we're going to get caught in the rain.
I hear the school door open, and students start running out.
"Hey Finn! Sorry it took so long."
She hugs me quickly, then keeps her arm around my waist as we start walking back.
"Yeah, what took you so long anyway?"
She sighs, and leans her head against my shoulder.
"Oh the teacher was just telling us about a dance or something."
"Wait you mean the highschool dance? You didn't tell me that was coming up."
"I didn't think it was that important, I'm not going anyway."
I stare at her.
"What? You have to go!"
She shakes her head, and keeps walking.
"No, I don't. It's just going to be some stupid party with a bunch of silly kids."
I run to catch up with her, and start jogging backwards so I can talk to her face to face.
"But Annie, come on, it'll be fun!"
She laughs, and shakes her head again.
"I don't think so. You can go if you want Finn."
She grins and looks at me teasingly.
"You can break all the hearts of the girls there. Although you probably already have."
I stop, and look indignant.
"Aw come on Annie, that's not nice."
"Well it's true."
I stick my tongue out at her, and she wrinkles her nose back.
"That was real mature."
I grab her hand and keep walking.
"Yeah right back at you."
There's silence for a moment.
"You should still go."
"Mmmm, I'll think about it. How's that?"
I just smile. Then I stop, making her stop too.
"Oh I almost forgot! I have a surprise for you."
"Oh really? What's that?"
I lean forward, and whisper in her ear.
"If I told you it wouldn't be a surprise now would it?"
She smacks my shoulder, and I laugh.
"Finn! Not nice!"
She starts walking away, pretending that she's mad at me, I chase after her.
"Oh come on! I don't want to ruin the surprise!"
She sticks her nose in the air, and ignores me.
"Annie! Don't you want to know what it is?"
She still has her nose in the air but she looks at me out of the corner of her eye.
"I promise you'll like it."
I say in a slightly sing-song voice. She sighs exasperated.
"Fine! I give up! What's the big surprise?"
I reach up and unwrap the silky tie I have drapped around my neck.
"Okay close your eyes."
She raises her eyebrows.
I just hold up the tie in my hands and grin at her. She sighs, and closes her eyes. I walk behind her and wrap the tie lightly around her eyes. Then I take both of her hands and start leading her.
"Finn, this is ridiculous. Where are we going?"
"Shhh. Be patient."
She sighs, and tilts her head in my direction.
"Somebody might think you're trying to kidnap me."
"No, you're being way to obedient for a kidnapping."
She suddenly pulls against my hands, and yells.
"Let me go!"
I stop and grab her arms.
"Okay Annie, not funny! Someone might hear you."
"How much further is this surprise?"
I look around, to see that nobody heard her, then start leading her again.
"We'll get there a lot faster if you just coöperate."
She pulls me closer, and loops her arm in mine.
"Well lead on than."
After a few minutes we arrive at Annie's old house, the one she grew up in. I open the front door and lead her into the living room.
"Alright, I'm going to take the tie off, but keep your eyes closed until I tell you okay?"
"Are we here?"
I start undoing the tie.
"Yes, but you have to keep your eyes closed until I say."
She makes the growling sound that she does when she's frustrated.
"Fine! I won't open my eyes until you tell me to."
I pull loose the tie, and drape it back around my neck. Then I walk around the room and light all the candles I've set up.
"Are you done yet?"
I light the candle's a little faster.
"No, hang on I'll be done in a minute."
She crosses her arms, and starts tapping her foot.
"Hang on, almost done."
I light the last candle and walk back over to her.
She does, and gasps as she sees the candle lit room.
She covers her mouth with her hands, as she slowly turns in a circle, looking at all the candles.
"I know you love candles, and I wanted to do something special for you."
Her smile seems to brighten the room, and she runs up and wraps her arms around me.
"Thank you! It's wonderful!"
She pulls back, and looks up at me.
"Why not? I wanted to do something special for you and since you love candles, I figured I would do this."
She looks around the room again.
"We have a lot of good memories here."
She wraps her arms around my waist, and leans her head against my side. I wrap my arm around her, and we stand there looking at the room.
"We do don't we?"
"A lot of good memories with Robbert."
As we look around the room, I know we are both remembering things that happened in this house. Good and bad memories.
"Annie, you know what we should do?"
She looks up at me.
I walk over to a large wooden cabinet on the back wall, and pull out a stack of paper and a couple of pencils. Then I walk back over to her and hand her some paper and one of the pencils.
"We should write down everything we can remember about this house. Not just the big stuff, but the little stuff too."
She looks down at the paper and pencil.
"Write down all our memories?"
"Good and bad ones...all of them. What do you say?"
She smiles sadly.
"Yes, I'd like that."
We walk over to the couch, and sit down. The next hour or so is spent with some laughter, some tears, and a lot of silence. With the both of us thinking our separate thoughts.
"Thank you Finn. I'm really glad we did this."
I put down my pencil.
"You're welcome Annie. It was good to write it all down wasn't it?"
She still has tears in her eyes as she smiles and nods her head.
"Robbert would have really liked this."
I gather all the papers together.
"He would have. I should probably blow the candles out before they set the house on fire."
Annie stands and helps me blow out all the candles. After we're finished, I walk her home.
"Goodnight Finn. I'll see you tomorrow."
I give her a hug.
After she goes inside, I return to the Cresta's old house, and read all of the papers again.
"We've been through a lot."
I say, smiling as I read over one of the notes Annie wrote.
"We've always made it through because we stick together. I'll always stick by you Annie."